Today the Olympic torch comes through Paris, basically right where I'm currently living. Therefore, I am on the other side of the city. Part of it is that I don't really feel like braving the crowds to see some guy with a torch from a kilometer away. The streets are already clogged with hot dog trucks, and tourists, and men selling balloon animals. Besides, I'm morally opposed to selling balloon animals- do you have any idea how many balloon animals are slaughtered every year and used to make condoms?
Also, let's be blunt here- fuck the Chinese government. It's not like they haven't had several years to improve their human rights record and it's not like hosting the olympics, which has also been in the works for some time, didn't give them the incentive to do so. I'm not even sure what advantage there is for them to hold onto their quasi-colony in Tibet at this point. I've been thinking this about the quasi-colony we have in Iraq, and all of the colonies throughout history. What's the point? What's the advantage? It must be some sort of prestige issue because they really don't pass any sort of cost-benefit analysis.